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Past articles by Randi:

Man robbed after entering wrong ride share car, police say

CHICAGO – A man was robbed after he entered the wrong ride share car in River North in July, according to police. The man was leaving Red Head Piano Bar at 16 W. Ontario St. on July 27 around 3:30 a.m. He entered the wrong car where two men and two women were already inside. The victim had his wallet taken as well as a gold chain. → Read More

3 officers injured in building fire on Northwest Side

CHICAGO -- Three Chicago police officers were injured while trying to help people escape from a burning building on the Northwest Side. The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at a building at Fullerton and Pulaski in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood. → Read More

Americans celebrating Independence Day with food, fireworks

CHICAGO — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country's 242nd birthday. From New York to California, July Fourth festivities will be at times lively and lighthearted, with Macy's July Fourth fireworks and Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. → Read More

1,500 officers added to CPD patrols on Fourth of July

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will have 1,500 officers on patrol for the Fourth of July holiday. More than 100 officers will be assigned specifically to monitor lakefront parks and paths. Several safety initiatives are also planned for Lake Shore Drive. → Read More

10-year-old drowns at aqua center in Park Forest

PARK FOREST, Ill. -- Police are investigating the drowning death of a 10-year-old at an aquatic center in Park Forest. Police responded just after 4 a.m. Tuesday to Park Forest Aqua Center at 30 N Orchard Drive, after the boy's family reported him missing. → Read More

Chicagoans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos, tequila

CHICAGO — It's the day to commemorate Mexico's underdog victory over France at the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. And far north of the border on the North Side of Chicago, Cinco de Mayo is the time for tacos and tequila. WGN's Randi Belisomo has more. → Read More

Over 100 new Chicago cops deployed across city

CHICAGO – One hundred and eight newly graduated Chicago police officers were deployed to their districts on Saturday. Along with the new officers come more license plate recognition systems. The 2nd and 4th districts, Woodworth and South Chicago, will be getting the most officers. → Read More

Man stabbed in the Loop

CHICAGO — A 34-year-old man was stabbed in the Loop on Friday night. The victim was walking in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street about 8:40 p.m. Friday when someone in a dark jacket approached and began talking, police said. That man then stabbed the victim in his abdomen and neck. → Read More

Tom Dart sued over delayed release into electronic monitoring

CHICAGO — A Cook County Thursday delayed action on a suit against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart over what some are calling unlawful detentions. According to a suit filed earlier this year, 55 people were kept in custody even after their bonds were posted. → Read More

New CTA terminal opens at 95th and Dan Ryan

CHICAGO -- One of the biggest investments in CTA history was unveiled Sunday, as the ribbon was cut and commuters made their way through the newly-renovated station at 95th and the Dan Ryan. It's one of the CTA's busiest destinations, serving 20,000 riders on a typical weekday. → Read More

‘I’m sorry:’ Zuckerberg opens Senate hearing with an apology

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago. → Read More

Fire breaks out in Little Village building, 1 man injured

CHICAGO – One person was injured and several displaced Sunday after fire broke out in a Little Village building that had no smoke detectors, officials said. It was just before 5:40 a.m. → Read More

3 firefighters injured in bakery blaze on Southwest Side

CHICAGO — Three firefighters are recovering after an early-morning fire at a bakery on the Southwest Side. The fire started before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West 41st Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The site was home to Chris' Bakery. → Read More

‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman unfit to stand trial, judge rules

CHICAGO -- The woman dubbed the 'serial stowaway' is unfit to stand trial, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday morning. Marilyn Hartman was back in court as authorities tried to figure out what to do about her repeated efforts to board planes without tickets. → Read More

‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman back in court

CHICAGO — What to do with Marilyn Hartman? That's the question at a hearing Thursday for a 66-year-old woman dubbed the "serial stowaway" for a history of trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket. → Read More

Merchandise Mart’s facade to become a giant canvas for local artists

CHICAGO — The Merchandise Mart’s 2.6-acre facade will soon transform into the world’s largest permanent projection canvas, dubbed "Art on theMART." “This new installation will be a game changer,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE. → Read More

Illinois GOP leaders slam Rep. Jeanie Ives’ new campaign ad attacking Rauner

CHICAGO -- Illinois Republicans are lining up to condemn a new campaign ad by one of their own. State Rep. Jeanie Ives, a three term legislator from Wheaton, began airing an ad over the weekend that attacks Governor Bruce Rauner on a number of issues, including abortion, immigration and transgender rights. → Read More

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

WASHINGTON -- In a remarkably public clash with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released. → Read More

Church, gambling, baking; Beloved Chicago woman’s 108 years celebrated at funeral mass

Chicago's very own Naomi Wilson recently passed away, but Saturday, her family and friends threw a big celebration in her honor. To measure Mrs. Wilson’s life in length, it was exceptional. She died on the first day of a year that would have brought her 109th birthday. → Read More

Abnormal cold in store for New Year’s Eve

CHICAGO -- Even for late December in Chicago, it is abnormally and awfully cold. The high today was 11 degrees, and temperatures may tumble to minus 6 this New Year's Eve night. That news has many planning to stay in for a warmer welcome to 2018. But the University of Chicago's Dr. → Read More